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DVD: Chatroom (15)

Four middle-class Chelsea teens are lured into an online chatroom by William (Aaron Johnson), who proceeds to prey on their weaknesses – and finally attempts to drive one of them to suicide.

Please put the camera away, darling...

When couples collaborate on screen the results are usually disastrous, says Ben Walsh. So why do they keep on doing it?

Chatroom (15)

Starring: Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard

Imogen Poots - A blooming English Rose

At 21, Imogen Poots is already an old hand at period dramas and she's just shared her first on-screen kiss with Michael Douglas. James Mottram meets a rising star

'Today' reveals its guest editors (and Jordan isn't one of them)

Listeners to BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme will not be treated to a special edition guest edited by the model Katie Price, although the show confirmed yesterday that it was "talking" with the television star about how she could teach it about "a world a million miles away from the one that Today usually occupies".

DVD: Kick-Ass, For retail & rental (Universal)

"How come nobody tries to be a superhero?" wonders Dave Lizewski, teen nerd.

DVD: Kick-Ass (15)

"A putz in pantyhose," is how Mark Strong's wise-guy crook, Frank D'Amico, describes Kick-Ass, a crime-buster in a green wetsuit (snapped up for $99 on the internet) and yellow rubber gloves.

Diary: Boris Johnson and Kelly Brook launch London's Sky Ride

Boris Johnson and Kelly Brook linked arms yesterday to launch the 2010 Mayor of London's Sky Ride, a free mass-participation cycling event to be held in the capital this weekend. Speaking to James O'Brien of LBC Radio, Mr Johnson mentioned that a "very vociferous heckler" had done their utmost to disrupt the event. "But Kelly... showed the sangfroid worthy of a Napoleonic battlefield in the face of the hurly-burly of British politics." Having consulted a linguist, I shall attempt to deconstruct Mr Johnson's convoluted simile: I believe "sangfroid" refers to the "cold-bloodedness" of the troops who suffered through the emperor's many violent campaigns, and to the calmness of the Mayor's comely companion. One imagines that, while considering Ms Brook's suitability for 19th-century warfare, he was thinking of the bitterly cold, featureless landscapes of Russia, as opposed to, say, the battlefield of Napoleon's greatest victory – at Austerlitz, the location of which is famed for its twin mounds, Santon Hill (700ft) and Zuran Hill (850ft).

Younger men are queuing up for a cougar to love

Older woman's allure is not just a Tinseltown fad

Baby girl for director Sam Taylor-Wood and fiance



Artist turned film-maker Sam Taylor-Wood has had a baby girl with her 20-year-old fiance Aaron Johnson.

Hollywood takes on a strong British accent

Brawny Stallone-style heroes have fallen out of favour as American audiences go for the well-brought-up boy-next-door look

A new Eagle has landed, hopes the British creator of Kick Ass

Judging by the nine-picture deal which Samuel L Jackson has apparently signed to reprise the Iron Man films' eyepatch-wearing superspy Nick Fury, the appetite for US superhero films isn't expected to die down soon, with outings for Kenneth Branagh's Thor, Captain America and The Avengers also in the pipeline.

On the agenda: Ophelia Lovibond; Uppinakudru Yakshagana String Puppets; Sex and the City’; Mind Body and Spirit Festival; Alexander Melamid

A Cosmo with a twist. Plus, we want a full-size portrait of Jay-Z! Or failing that, a rabbi...

DVD: Nowhere Boy, For retail & rental (Icon)

The teenage John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) has been living with his straitlaced Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), only to discover that his biological mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), is raising another family just down the road.

Cannes festival shuns Hollywood glitz

This year's focus on high-minded fare, including Jean-Luc Godard's comeback, will at least appeal to serious cinephiles
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